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Obama to sign executive order on Air Force One – ACE

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The president will use an executive order in hopes of cutting red tape for small business exports, by digitizing and simplifying the export process. The order, which the president will sign aboard Air Force One on Wednesday, will mandate federal agencies to complete the digital trade data system by the end of 2016. Instead of

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ITS @ WESCCON – Booth 6

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Please stop by our booth and say hello.

Did FDA Just Announce A Major Reorganization?

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FDA Commissioner Peggy Hamburg announced Friday, in an interal email (pasted below) that she was forming a “Program Alignment Group” charged with “identifying and developing plans to modify FDA’s functions, processes, and possibly its structure in order to address these matters and best achieve mission-critical Agency objectives.”

Crystal Cruises Selected as World’s Best for Record 18th Year

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NYK is proud to announce that the NYK Group’s Crystal Cruises* has been selected as the World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line in the annual Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Awards” readers’ survey. This win is Crystal’s 18th consecutive triumph. The ultra-luxury vacation company is the only cruise line, hotel, or resort to win its category

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ISF Enforcment begin July 9th

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ISF ENFORCEMENT HINTS The NCBFAA ISF Committee had a recent call with CBP about the ISF enforcement that will go into effect on July 9, 2013. We have highlighted a number of answers to several questions we asked. There are still a few unanswered questions that CBP is reviewing for the committee and we will

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Wall St Journal On Line – Picks up ITS Web

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COAC 2013 Export Survey Closes April 19, 2013

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The Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (COAC) is releasing this survey in order to collect the voice of all entities involved in the export process. …

Aquilar Letter Summarizes Impact of Sequester on CBP

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Aquilar Letter Summarizes Impact of Sequester on CBP In a letter to trade and travel industry colleagues, Deputy CBP Commissioner David V. Aquilar summarized the anticipated impact of the March 1 sequester. A copy of the letter can be found here. In addition, here is a reprint  of the March 4 Monday Morning eBriefing article

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Updated Status of GSP Country Practice Reviews

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has issued notice of the following actions on petitions requesting a review of certain country practices under the Generalized System of Preferences.  – deferred a decision on acceptance of a petition concerning expropriation in Russia – closed its review of intellectual property rights in Lebanon in view of

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Obama Administration Announces Strategy to Mitigate Theft of U.S. Trade Secrets

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The White House released Feb. 20 a strategy for mitigating the theft of U.S. trade secrets. The introduction to the strategy states that it reflects a commitment to act vigorously to combat the theft of trade secrets that could be used by foreign companies or foreign governments to gain an unfair economic edge. However, many of the specific initiatives set forth in the strategy are merely a continuation of existing efforts.

According to the introduction, emerging trends indicate that the pace of economic espionage and trade secret theft against U.S. corporations is accelerating. Foreign competitors of U.S. corporations, some with ties to foreign governments, have increased their efforts to steal trade secret information through the recruitment of current or former employees. There are also indications that U.S. companies, law firms, academia and financial institutions are experiencing cyber intrusion activity against electronic repositories containing trade secret information. These activities threaten U.S. businesses, diminish U.S. export prospects and undermine U.S. national and economic security.